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Hospice Care

Lila's Story
Lila’s Indian friend lived far from town when she received a terminal diagnosis. She wanted to be discharged from the hospital and be in her own home no matter what. That evening, a nurse admitted her to hospice; a hospital bed, wheelchair, medications, equipment and oxygen was delivered to her doorstep. Admitting her cost $530, all covered by hospice. Listen to Lila’s story. Help us help others like her friend. Your dollars make a difference in each and every life.

... is a philosophy of comprehensive compassionate care for those in the final stages of life. At Hospice of Marion County, our mission is to provide exceptional support for patients and their families in the comfort of their own homes—86% of our patients are able to spend their last days in the place they call home.

Our goal is to provide this professional service of pain relief and symptom management to as many people as possible, so that everyone may live out their days with the highest quality of life possible. For management of acute symptoms, patients find relief at one of our three conveniently located Hospice Houses, which provides inpatient level of care. Once under control they may return home. Learn more about our Levels of Care and the Dying Process.

Who is Eligible?

Home-based hospice care is available to those who live in Marion County. “Home” is defined as one’s private residence, an assisted living facility, nursing home or even the hospital. Patients cared for in our Hospice Houses do not have to be a Marion county resident. Care is available to people of all ages, including children, with all end-stage diagnoses, such as:

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Cancer
  • Decline in Clinical Status
  • Heart Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Neurological
    (ALS, MS, Huntington's, Parkinson's)
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Renal Disease
  • Stroke/Coma

When a cure is no longer available, the specialized care teams at Hospice of Marion County provide comfort measures that allow patients to enjoy their life to the fullest. Working closely with the patient's personal physician, our team of physicians, registered nurses, social workers, certified nursing assistants, pharmacists, chaplains, grief counselors and specially trained volunteers create an individualized plan of care for each family.

Who Pays?

Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies. Memorials and support contributions are directed toward unfunded patient care. Our policy never excludes service to anyone who is eligible, regardless of ability to pay. Hospice of Marion County is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization licensed by the State of Florida and certified by Medicare to provide care for the terminally ill at home since 1983, making it one of the first in the nation.

The majority of our patients receive care at home with family and friends close by, but we also operate three inpatient facilities, Estelle's House between Ocala and Belleview and The Legacy House on SR 200 West. Ted & Diane Brandley House is located in southern Marion County, just one mile from The Villages. It won an Award of Excellence from Healthcare Design in 2007, the only hospice house in the nation to receive this recognition for architectural design, function and access for staff and visitors.

See if Hospice is right for you or your loved one. Take our interactive Self-Assessment Quiz. Answer a few short questions and receive a confidential reply from our referrals coordinator.

Hospice of Marion County employs 350 professional team members with assistance from 800 volunteers, all directed by community leadership. Meet our Board of Directors, Leadership Team and Hospice Directors.

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